Where 49ers rank in fans' Pro Bowl ballots


Where 49ers rank in fans' Pro Bowl ballots

With three weeks of Pro Bowl fan voting remaining, the Green Bay Packers and 49ers are proving to be popular among NFC fans.Ten Packers lead the voting at their respective positions. Sixteen players from the 49ers currently rank in the top-five at their respective positions, including top vote-getters Patrick Willis (inside linebacker) and Andy Lee (punter).The Pro Bowl teams are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the AFC and NFC in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 21-22.Fan voting online (nfl.comprobowl) runs through Monday, Dec. 19. The Pro Bowl teams to be Announced on December 27.NFC fan voting
(Through Nov. 30)Quarterbacks
1, Aaron Rodgers (Packers) 961818
2, Drew Brees (Saints) 655,655
3, Cam Newton (Panthers) 390,281
4, Matthew Stafford (Lions) 382,940
5, Eli Manning (Giants) 227,692Running backs
1, Adrian Peterson (Bears) 680,428
2, Matt Forte (Bears) 563,441
3, LeSean McCoy (Eagles) 553,868
4, Frank Gore (49ers) 356,393
5, Michael Turner (Falcons) 214,656 Fullbacks
1. John Kuhn (Packers) 189,046
2, Bruce Miller (49ers) 52,311
3, Jed Collins (Saints) 45,688
4, Tyler Clutts (Bears) 45,520
5, Tony Fiammetta (Cowboys) 39,228Wide receivers
1, Calvin Johnson (Lions) 743,335
2, Greg Jennings (Packers) 602,323
3, Steve Smith (Panthers) 465,977
4, Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) 435,550
5, Jordy Nelson (Packers) 238,341Tight ends
1, Jimmy Graham (Saints) 434,436
2, Tony Gonzalez (Falcons) 234,749
3, Jason Witten (Cowboys) 230,927
4, Jermichael Finley (Packers) 228,291
5, Vernon Davis (49ers) 119,465Tackles
1, Chad Clifton (Packers) 244,037
2, Bryan Bulaga (Packers) 228,719
3, Jeff Backus (Lions) 140,077
4, Joe Staley (49ers) 131,877
5, Anthony Davis (49ers) 108,917
1, T.J. Lang (Packers) 197,247
2, Josh Sitton (Packers) 169,220
3, Mike Iupati (49ers) 139,585
4, Jahri Evans (Saints) 133,084
5, Steve Hutchinson (Vikings) 128,739Centers
1, Scott Wells (Packers) 266,549
2, Jonathan Goodwin (49ers) 118,877
3, David Baas (Giants) 108,510
4, Dominic Raiola (Lions) 100,364
5, Roberto Garza (Bears) 94,621Defensive ends
1, Jared Allen (Vikings) 488,239
2, Jason Babin (Eagles) 230,570
3, Julius Peppers (Bears) 203,876
4, Osi Umenyiora (Giants) 123,124
5, Charles Johnson (Panthers) 114,589Defensive tackles
1, Ndamukong Suh (Lions) 387,699
2, Justin Smith (49ers) 326,730
3, Cullen Jenkins (Eagles) 302,805
4, B.J. Raji (Packers) 218,854
5, Jay Ratliff (Cowboys) 86,558Outside linebackers
1, DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys) 356,194
2, Clay Matthews (Packers) 335,566
3, Brian Orakpo (Redskins) 175,961
4, Lance Briggs (Bears) 158,587
5, Sean Weatherspoon (Falcons) 123,662Inside linebackers
1, Patrick Willis (49ers) 257,776
2, Desmond Bishop (Packers) 240,564
3, Brian Urlacher (Bears) 182,686
4, A.J. Hawk (Packes) 141,206
5, NaVorro Bowman (49ers) 111,165Cornerbacks
1, Charles Woodson (Packers) 467,472
2, Chris Houston (Lions) 190,706
3, Nnamdi Asomugha (Eagles) 188,026
4, Carlos Rogers (49ers) 164,195
5, Charles Tillman (Bears) 122,865 Strong safety
1, Charlie Peprah (Packers) 88,409
2, Roman Harper (Saints) 86,087
3, Kam Chancellor (Seahawks) 60,960
4, Amari Spievey (Lions) 41,786
5, Kurt Coleman (Eagles) 39,761Free safety
1, Morgan Burnett (Packers) 151,085
2, Antrel Rolle (Giants) 49.573
3, Dashon Goldson (49ers) 44,665
4, Gerald Sensabaugh (Cowboys) 37,472
5, Earl Thomas (Seahawks) 37,430Kickers
1, Mason Crosby (Packers) 123,534
2, David Akers (49ers) 92,797
3, Dan Bailey (Cowboys) 71,292
4, Jason Hanson (Lions) 50,020
5, Robbie Gould (Bears) 44,248Punters
1, Andy Lee (49ers) 102,280
2, Tim Masthay (Packers) 61,380
3, Jon Ryan (Seahawks) 51,494
4, Mat McBriar (Cowboys) 46,774
5, Thomas Morstead (Saints) 31,137Kick returners
1, Devin Hester (Bears) 176,425
2, Randall Cobb (Packers) 76,799
3, Ted Ginn (49ers) 70,429
4, Darren Sproles (Saints) 43,190
5, Percy Harvin (Vikings) 28,839Special teamers
1, Jarrett Bush (Packers) 82,522
2, Blake Costanzo (49ers)44,985
3, Corey Graham (Bears) 41,776
4, Danny McCray (Cowboys) 39,636
5, Colt Anderson (Eagles) 36,442

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.